Francesca Knowles

Having been almost scared out of playing music as a kid by strict classical piano teachers, I got hooked on messing around with a second-hand drum kit my parents had bought for my brother. I started playing in bands at the age of 12, rocking out to Metallica covers for the school talent show. The pure joy of making noise with friends never ceased.

Since 2009 I’ve been teaching drums to all ages and abilities, and leading drumming workshops for young people, in particular stepping up to inspire young girls to pick up a pair of sticks. I didn’t have any female drummer role models as a kid - as an adult with internet access I have hundreds! - but hopefully the next generation will feel they always do.

My biggest inspiration in recent years has been fellow drummer and bandmate Beci Eden. Her outrageous standard of playing blew me away when we began recording an album together with double kit, and it’s been a huge motivator for the vast improvement in my playing ever since.

I’ve been fortunate enough to travel the world with a drumming street theatre group since 2014, and have picked up so much rhythmic inspiration along the way - holding the clave in a Cuban street band and dancing to funky brass and second-line drums in New Orleans. For my entry video I wrote my own backing track based on this music I've come to love, exploring a sticking pattern I learned from Stanton Moore. His playing energy is infectious, and reminds me of what I felt when I first sat down at the kit.

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  1. drummerdanva on March 29, 2021 at 6:53 am

    Outstanding drumming on a cool song. Good luck in HLAG!

  2. katiedrumming on April 1, 2021 at 4:42 am

    This is so groovy! Love it 🙂

  3. AnnNewbould on April 19, 2021 at 3:11 pm

    Good luck! Great to see female drummers getting more recognition 👍🏻

  4. John Hess on April 20, 2021 at 11:21 pm

    Brilliant playing Fran

  5. Julie_b on April 22, 2021 at 3:28 am

    Wow! Awesome groove and beautiful, detailed control x

  6. Jenny Hoy on April 22, 2021 at 4:21 am

    Go Fran! Such a lovely musician x

  7. pennysuee on April 28, 2021 at 3:18 pm

    Sounding great! Good luck!

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